NEW LONDON, Conn. – After two full days of sailing and a total of 39 races across three divisions, Coast Guard finished third at the Thompson Trophy. This results marks the Bears' best of the spring campaign this far and sets them up to be well positioned going into the conference championships during the next two weekends.
The Thompson Trophy honors Rear Admiral Bernie E. Thompson (CGA '48) and Marie Thompson (Connecticut College '50), and symbolizes the long friendship between the two institutions. This year's event was hosted by Connecticut College with support from Coast Guard.
Racing began on Saturday in a light Southeasterly that gradually built and shifted right throughout the day. With a string of consistent finishes, the Bears were able to position themselves among the top five teams.
On Sunday, a sea breeze provided for excellent conditions. Finishing in single digits in all but one race on the final day moved Coast Guard up the leaderboard and solidly into third when racing concluded.
Mack Fox and Christina Nothacker finished fourth in A-Division with 86 points. Gage Schoenherr and Brian Nelson also finished fourth in B-Division with 87 points. Walter Gnann, Madelynn Widmeier, Philip Whittlesey, Casey Gale, and Anna Morin finished eleventh in C-Division with 126 points.
Stanford University won the 2019 Thompson Trophy with 200 points. Harvard University finished second with 274. Coast Guard was third with 299.